Champagne village profile: Talus-Saint-Prix in the Val du Petit Morin

Diagram Talus-Saint-Pris 201603Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Val du Petit Morin
Vineyards and grape varieties: 40.4 hectares (99.8 acres), of which 69% Pinot Meunier, 26% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay.

Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)


The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, green indicates forest, and blue/purple is water and wetland.

Google Maps view with all the villages in the Val du Petit Morin highlighted. Étoges, the single premier cru village of the area, is in yellow and other villages, including Talus-Saint-Prix, in orange.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

Northnortheast: Baye
East: Villevenard
Southeast: Oyes
Comment: some of the communes on the western part of the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

Talus-Saint-Prix is located at Le Petit Morin, the river that has lended its name to the area.

The Talus-Saint-Prix commune covers 620 hectares and has 106 inhabitants (as of 2013) referred to as Talusiens and Talusiennes.

The former abbey in Talus-Saint-Prix, Abbaye Notre-Dame du Reclus. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Nicole-christiane Paladini, 2012).


The vineyards in Talus-Saint-Prix are located directly at the village, north of the D 43 road, and consist of rather mild south-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.

The soil is clay and limestone with flint. The size of the flint pieces varies, and is larger in the west and smaller in the east.

The current vineyard surface in the Talus-Saint-Prix commune is 40.4 hectares (99.8 acres). There are 27.8 ha Pinot Meunier (68.8%), 10.6 ha Pinot Noir (26.2%), and 2.0 ha Chardonnay (5.0%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 40 ha. There are 21 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites found in the commune includes:

  • Les Vignes Douces, located to the west of the village.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes.

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Robert Bérat (RC), who has vineyards in Talus-Saint-Prix and Sézanne. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Eponine.
  • Férat-Crochet (RM; blog), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage cuvée from the vineyard site Les Vignes Douces, composed of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier, and Cuvée Charles which is also oaked and sees more cellaring before being sold. Of their total production, a high 20% represents their two rosés, where Le Pinot Noir is a varietal version.
  • Jeaunaux-Robin (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 4.5 ha of vineyards, of which about 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. Some of the Champagnes see some oak. Les Grands Nots is a fully oaked vintage cuvée composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Jean-Pierre Legret (RM), member of ignerons Indépendants with 5 ha of vineyards.
  • Michel Ricard (RM)

Comment: the list may not be complete.


© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2017-01-21

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